DHS salvages split with McQueen
The Douglas baseball team rallied Monday to earn a split with McQueen in the completion of a doubleheader that started Saturday, but was postponed by snow.
The first game was restarted in the top of the fourth Monday at DHS with the score tied, 3-3. The Lancers scored two runs in their half of the fourth and went on to win, 8-3.
Douglas won the second game, 10-9, in eight innings.
Senior Trent Tholen started the second game and threw four innings. He left the game with a sore arm and was replaced by Chad Cooke, who pitched into the sixth inning.
Jared Silveira went the final 223 innings. He didn’t allow a hit or a walk, while striking out four on the way to earning the victory. Silveira is now 2-1.
With the game tied, 9-9, Douglas junior Bobby Lee singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth and moved to second on a sacrifice by Chris Murray. Lee advanced to third on a wild pitch, which caused the McQueen coach to call for two intentional walks to load the bases with one out.
Silveira came to the plate with the chance to win the game with the bat, but another wild pitch allowed Lee to scamper home with the winning run.
Douglas assistant coach Larry Silveira said several Douglas players turned in good individual performances in both games.
Among the highlights: Chad Cooke, coming back from major knee surgery during the basketball season, swung the bat well and played solid defense at second base; junior Rich French had a good day at third base; Murray had a great game with the bat; senior Joel Kruger hit a two-run home run; and Lee did a great job in the designated hitter slot, according to Silveira.
The Tigers finished the day with a 7-6 record. They are scheduled to play a nonconference game at Mammoth on Thursday, and are scheduled to travel to El Dorado Hills, Calif., Saturday to play Oak Ridge High. They also have a nonconference game with Galena on the schedule next Tuesday.
Coach Silveira said he thinks the string of nonconference games is coming at a perfect time.
“I think the break will do us good,” he said. “Our main pitchers can get some rest and get strong for the upcoming weeks.”